UAE artists start work on Dubai Street Museum project

This marks the first phase of the Dubai Street Museum project. Both local and international artists are participating in the project that is set to be completed over a period of five years

UAE artists start work on Dubai Street Museum project

Brand Dubai, an initiative of Government of Dubai has roped in a group of young UAE artists to work on the ‘2nd of December Street’ project in Dubai.

This marks the first phase of the Dubai Street Museum project. Both local and international artists are participating in the project that is set to be completed over a period of five years. The project aims to display the works of the artists on buildings along II December Street, one of the busiest streets in Dubai. The project also offers a unique opportunity for Emirati artists to engage with major international mural artists.

Project Manager of the Dubai Street Museum project, Shaima Al Suwaidi said that Brand Dubai ensures all its key projects feature UAE artists as part of its commitment to support their development. She also said that local artists are making a unique contribution to the project. “Local artists have created distinctive murals for the ‘2nd of December Street’ project and displayed a high level of skills. The project has facilitated their engagement with famous international mural artists from diverse genres, which will help them enhance their ability to execute such large projects,” Al Suwaidi said.

Senior Green Building Engineer at Dubai Municipality Maitha Al Mazroui said that the Municipality is keen to provide such opportunities for young UAE artists to showcase their talent. She further said that the Municipality is committed to supporting young talent as part of a strategic talent development plan. She further said that the Municipality has come up with a comprehensive plan to execute the project. The plan has been designed to match Dubai’s objectives and support the implementation of new creative ideas.

UAE artists participating in the project praised the organisers for the opportunity to take part in creative projects like this. They also expressed their keenness to participate in future phases of the project that will allow them to showcase their skills. They also expressed their happiness at being able to contribute to the creation of murals based on themes related to Dubai’s history at a time when the nation was celebrating its 45th National Day.  

Ahwaq Abdullah, a young UAE artist said that the project offered an opportunity for local artists to contribute to such mega projects. As part of the project, she created her version of a famous photograph of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum taken by UAE photographer Noor Ali Rashid.